KATHMANDU, Dec 30: President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli have extended greetings to the Gurung community at home and abroad on the occasion of Tamu Lhosar, the Gurung community’s New Year festival that falls on Paush 15 each year.
Gyalpo Lhosar, mostly observed in the winter, adds more fun to the morning chills of February. This year it is being celebrated on Friday. The word ‘Lo’ meaning ‘year’ and ‘Sar’ meaning ‘new’ completes the word ‘Lhosar’. Gyalpo Lhosar marks the beginning of Tibetan New Year. The festival is mostly celebrated by Sherpas and Tibetans, while some Hyolmo and Tamang communities also celebrate it. There are 12 years in the Tibetan calendar, each categorized under a variety of animals.